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A Healthy Holiday Connection

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As the year comes to a close many of us find ourselves on a tightrope somewhere between contentment and agitation. Let’s be honest, the real purpose of the holidays isn’t in the giving of gifts, but in the giving of your time (Click to Tweet). Choosing to share your time with others is special and sacred.

Then how can such a festive time of year have so many triggers? Triggers can leave you feeling disconnected from joy and utterly exhausted. This is the year to put holiday mealtime into perspective as you spread the cheer and glad tidings.

Here are 3 simple tips to help you create a healthier approach to all the festivities this season. These tips will give you peace of mind and maybe even create a little peace on earth!

Tip #1: Phone stack? Nope, it doesn’t really work, as I shared during my interview with Andy Cohen. Phone stacks keep your brain looped into focusing on emails that need to be answered and texts you may be missing. Not a great way to create a connection with another person.

Tip #2: Give friends and family the focus they deserve by face to face interaction. This means putting your devices away during meals together. Placing a phone on the table creates anxiety and the pressure that you’re too busy to share this time with others.

Tip #3: Vibrating isn’t the best solution…well, not with a phone. Shut your phone off, yes OFF when meeting with friends and family so you’re not tempted to check your device.

The most important focus of any event is the person or people right in front of you, not what’s on your devices (Click to Tweet). Step out of the fast paced frenzy of the season as you choose to disconnect from the distraction of your device and begin to enjoy a happier, healthier holiday season with others.

Thanks for consciously connecting, and we’ll be sending information on a special gift for the season very soon.

Where’s Your Power Surge?

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Technology has changed everything and we are reminded of this daily. The gift of ease and simplicity is apparent when booking airline tickets or purchasing a pair of shoes without ever leaving your living room. And gone are the days of waiting in a hotel lobby for a fax to arrive as one click on your device assures delivery.

With so much ease there is a price to be paid for the super simple technologically connected world. We have forgotten our humanity, connectivity and sometimes eye to eye contact feels like being naked. Everyone is looking down, scrolling screens and connecting to the information highway without a single word of conversation.

It’s time for a different type of power surge and it means leaving the phones behind, for now.

As nature begins to awaken we need to wake up as well. It’s time to head outside and get the type of power surge that only happens when you’re looking up and out at the world.

Where's Your Power Surge

How often do you watch the sunset? The entire sunset, not just 15 seconds as you’re running to do something else, taking a call or scrolling through random events on social media. Make it a priority to spend some time in nature and begin to feel the calm nature gives to you as a gift.

Take a deep breath and slowly exhale. Repeat several times and begin to notice the calming effect this has on your body. Deep breathing helps with relaxation and releasing all those mental cobwebs caused by too much technology.

Trying looking up and out and you’ll be astonished how different the world looks. What do you see? Wow, how does that feel? It’s a different world when you’re not looking down at texts and emails and actually look at the sky, trees, and people. Yes, humans actually have faces and emit emotions when you remember to engage with them.

Sounds easy however this gets more and more difficult when you keep your head buried in devices. Eye contact becomes intimidating and conversations stiff. There’s a whole world that’s not on your screen and it’s time to start looking for those connections. Once you start to look up and out you’ll find conversations are interesting and thought provoking.

Connect to your power surge as you spring toward some tech free time and begin to nurture yourself.  Until next time, continue Consciously Connecting.